Taylor-Lauridsen Playground Park

  • 704 W. 42nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Tricia Boruta
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6729

Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

History

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Hours: , ,

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

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Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Descriptors: Grass

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Playground

Taylor-Lauridsen PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. 

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adaptive Judo (Special Rec) at Taylor-Lauridsen 164804InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense8 and upCoed2016/10/08 17:15From October 8, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, October 15, 2016
$0
Adaptive Sports at Taylor-Lauridsen 184980InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports14 and upCoed2016/10/08 18:45From October 8, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 3:15pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, October 15, 2016
$0
Arts & Crafts at Taylor-Lauridsen 184709InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 21:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$8.00
Arts & Crafts at Taylor-Lauridsen 184708InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/23 21:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$8.00
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 165228OpenSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 165229OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/21 18:00From September 21, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$15.00
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 165355Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$105.00
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 165354Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Male2016/11/09 00:00From November 8, 2016 to January 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$210.00
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 165353Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 15Male2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
$210.00
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen Cancelled184710Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Female2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 3pm
$105.00
Basketball Skills at Taylor-Lauridsen 184712InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Bitty Basketball at Taylor-Lauridsen 165435InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 21:15From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$8.00
Chair Exercise at Taylor-Lauridsen 165640InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 18:15From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Dodgeball at Taylor-Lauridsen 184711InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Dodgeball at Taylor-Lauridsen 184711InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 165921InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$12.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 165920InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 22:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$12.00
Floor Hockey at Taylor-Lauridsen 166003InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Fun and Games at Taylor-Lauridsen 166064InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 22:15From September 20, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$12.00
Fun With Food at Taylor-Lauridsen 185291InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 21:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$0
Gymnastics at Taylor-Lauridsen 167674InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$8.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Taylor-Lauridsen 167065InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$20.00
Music and Movement at Taylor-Lauridsen 184713InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 20:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$8.00
Pinochle Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 185511OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/22 15:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Play School at Taylor-Lauridsen 184714InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 17:30From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$35.00
Seasonal Sports at Taylor-Lauridsen 167820InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 167932OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 167933OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Social Club (Special Rec) at Taylor-Lauridsen 168095InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 14 but less than 24Female2016/10/08 15:00From October 8, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$0
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 168145InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:30From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$12.00
Strength & Conditioning at Taylor-Lauridsen 168180InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:15From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Taylor-Lauridsen 168181InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 18:15From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Taylor-Lauridsen 184715InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$15.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 168959InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 168960InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$8.00
Volleyball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 168983Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 13Female2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 9pm
$210.00
Volleyball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 168982Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 15Female2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$210.00
Winter Break Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 185289CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/12/27 17:00From December 27, 2016 to January 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
$25.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 185290InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2016/09/21 19:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$0
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 169142InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/22 00:30From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$14.00
Yoga/Pilates at Taylor-Lauridsen 185292InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00

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Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.